Novel Materials for Large, Deployable, Space Optics

Period of Performance: 08/23/1999 - 08/08/2000


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Institution POC

Research Topics


Triton Systems, a leading developer of thin film membrane materials for space applications, has teamed up with Professor Christopher Jenkins of the Compliant Structures Laboratory of the South Dakota School of Mines, to address the critical design and fabrication needs of large (>8 meter) deployable space optical systems. Our proposed Phase I effort will examine the mission-critical performance requirements of thin film reflective membranes associated with large area deployable mirror structures, and will design and demonstrate a material system that broadly meets the desired performance guidelines. This Phase I effort will leverage Professor Jenkins' compliant materials modeling tools with Triton's borad materials expertise and membrane materials knowledge. The result will be the design and fabrication of a sub-scale thin film metallized optical system to validate our model, and to offer a Road Map to developing a 8 meter and larger optical quality membrane miror device during a Phase II effort.